Preparing for the holidays is primarily a preparing of the heart.
Because what comes down is love, and the way to receive love isn’t to wrap anything up – but to unwrap your heart.
Advent – this is the season of preparing that prepares us for any season of life because we are preparing our lives for Christ to enter in which prepares for us the life without end. Is that the ultimate purpose of this life – the preparing for the next life?
Is this why Christmas, Advent, unlike any other time of year, glimmers with a glimpse of heaven because it’s the time of year we’re fulfilling our purpose, preparing for Christ and His coming again? The Christmas tree’s been lit for weeks, a beacon, a preparing, an anticipation. Why is it easier to make Christmas cookies than to make our hearts ready for Christ?
Is getting ready for Christmas as simple and difficult as simply sitting stilled before the cradle of Christ? And yet. Love came down and “He came to His own people, and His own people did not receive him.” (John 1:11).
Love came down – and his own people did not recognize him.
Love came down – and His own people did not want what He offered.
The Messiah came down and He wasn’t received as the Messiah – and Love comes down and who receives all the moments of His love?
Devotion excerpt by Ann Voskamp